Publication Date: December 9, 2014 Minotaur Books Formats: eBook, Hardcover
Series: Sano Ichiro Mystery Series (Book 18) Genre: Historical Mystery
Japan, 1709. The shogun is old and ailing. Amid the ever-treacherous intrigue in the court, Sano Ichirō has been demoted from chamberlain to a lowly patrol guard. His relationship with his wife Reiko is in tatters, and a bizarre new alliance between his two enemies Yanagisawa and Lord Ienobu has left him puzzled and wary. Sano’s onetime friend Hirata is a reluctant conspirator in a plot against the ruling regime. Yet, Sano’s dedication to the Way of the Warrior—the samurai code of honor—is undiminished.
Then a harrowing, almost inconceivable crime takes place. In his own palace, the shogun is stabbed with a fan made of painted silk with sharp-pointed iron ribs. Sano is restored to the rank of chief investigator to find the culprit. This is the most significant, and most dangerous, investigation of his career. If the shogun’s heir is displeased, he will have Sano and his family put to death without waiting for the shogun’s permission, then worry about the consequences later. And Sano has enemies of his own, as well as unexpected allies. As the previously unimaginable death of the shogun seems ever more possible, Sano finds himself at the center of warring forces that threaten not only his own family but Japan itself.
Riveting and richly imagined, with a magnificent sense of time and place, The Iris Fan is the triumphant conclusion to Laura Joh Rowland’s brilliant series of thrillers set in feudal Japan.
The Sano Ichiro Mystery Series Titles
Shinjū Bundori The Way of the Traitor The Concubine’s Tattoo The Samurai’s Wife Black Lotus The Pillow Book of Lady Wisteria The Dragon King’s Palace The Perfumed Sleeve The Assassin’s Touch The Red Chrysanthemum The Snow Empress The Fire Kimono The Cloud Pavilion The Ronin’s Mistress The Incense Game The Shogun’s Daughter The Iris Fan
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About the Author
Granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants, Laura Joh Rowland grew up in Michigan and where she graduated with a B.S. in microbiology and a Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan. She is the author of sixteen previous Sano Ichiro thrillers set in feudal Japan. The Fire Kimono was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s “Five Best Historical Mystery Novels”; and The Snow Empress and The Cloud Pavilion were among Publishers Weekly’s Best Mysteries of the Year. She currently lives in New Orleans with her husband. She has worked as a chemist, microbiologist, sanitary inspector and quality engineer.
The Iris Fan Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule
Tuesday, December 9 Book Blast, Excerpt, & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, December 11 Review at Buried Under Books
Friday, December 12 Book Blast at Queen of All She Reads
Monday, December 15 Book Blast at Layered Pages
Wednesday, December 17 Book Blast at CelticLady’s Reviews
Monday, December 22 Review at Broken Teepee
Tuesday, December 23 Review at Book Nerd
Monday, January 5 Review & Interview at Jorie Loves a Story